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designing my garden

garden redesign in progress, as of 28 feb 2011

I created a curved retaining wall from the cobblestones that I found a few weeks ago…now I’m pulling dirt from the back to the front to level out enough space to build a little bench.

 

new curved retaining wall, build from found cobblestones

new curved retaining wall, built from found cobblestones

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a work in-progress! I've built a cobblestone wall, and the wine bottles are reconfigured, too.

Here’s a reminder of what the area looked like before:

garden redesign underway, progress as of 21 January 2011
garden redesign underway, progress as of 21 January 2011
this is the garden "BEFORE" picture, taken 15 January 2011
this is the garden “BEFORE” picture, taken 15 January 2011

garden re-designing: grade flattening and rearranging wine bottle borders

 

bottles rearranged to create a tiered glass retaining wall

bottles rearranged to create a tiered glass retaining wall

7 February 2011

Having dug into the grade and moved a lot of dirt to the front of the garden, I consolidated the old pattern of several separate rows of wine bottles into one, stepped, mass which will be a retaining wall for the back portion.

Here’s a reminder of what the area looked like before:

garden redesign underway, progress as of 21 January 2011
garden redesign underway, progress as of 21 January 2011
this is the garden "BEFORE" picture, taken 15 January 2011
this is the garden “BEFORE” picture, taken 15 January 2011

garden score, new cobblestones and a rescue plant found discarded on the street

Nearly fell off my scooter last night when I saw these discarded cobblestones at the site of a public works project, ready to be sent downtown for grinding. (Can you imagine???) This morning of course, meant hauling them out-back to the garden. Let’s make a little retaining wall with them!

the day started off right when I found some discarded cobblestones. Voila~ Let's start a new wall!

The mother of all finds. . . Cobblestones! Voila~ Let's start a new wall!

my latest "rescue" plant, a palm chucked and put out to the curb on my block

my latest "rescue" plant, a banana tree chucked and put out to the curb on my block

Found across the street on the curb, the plant was completely root-bound and sickly. When I finally managed to pry it from its container it was easy to see why the plant was sick, too- the poor thing was soaked, and sitting in stale (stinky) water. The bottom layer of roots had completely rotted so I removed those mushy parts (yeah, yuck) but the roots around the root ball looked significantly better, at least. By george I think he’s going to make it; I repotted him in a larger plant, perched upon a drainage layer of broken styrofoam pieces, and surrounded the root ball with cactus soil.


granite retaining wall and wine bottle borders: 2011 garden project underway

25 January 2011

My latest garden project involves removing several of last years wine bottle rows and digging deep into the hillside to flatten out the garden floor. The wine bottles will be replaced in a new configuration, to make more of a ‘feature’ of them. Additionally, I’ve carried lots of found, discarded granite countertop pieces to the back of the garden where they’ve become little retaining walls for new flower beds. The dirt I’m digging up at the front is going back there to fill up those beds. I’m hoping the result will be a more dramatic contrast in height in the garden, and that the materials will be highlighted in a more impactful way.

 

this is the garden "BEFORE" picture, taken 15 January 2011

this is the garden "BEFORE" picture, taken 15 January 2011

garden redesign underway, progress as of 21 January 2011

garden redesign underway, progress as of 21 January 2011


your rock landscaping hookup in SF, Broadmoor

picking out rocks for the garden at Broadmoor Landscaping, South San Francisco

picking out rocks for the garden at Broadmoor Landscaping, South San Francisco

We’re in love with rocks here at MUS•e•YUM so when the guys offered to take me to Broadmoor we were positively over the moon. If hardscape turns you on like it does for us, get yourself to the South San Francisco mecca. Bins of gorgeous rock stretch as far as the eye can see! On this visit I came away with feather stone (lava), two quartz rocks and a gorgeous bowl shaped specimen, surely destined for the succulent garden out back.

In other news, we stopped at Peets along the way and saw this fabulous cat. The cat of course looked rather cross- can you imagine??

Christmas Cat at Market Street Peets, Castro

Decorated Christmas Cat at Market Street Peets, Castro

Broadmoor Landscape Supply
1350 El Camino Real

South San Francisco, CA 94080
(650) 761-1515
http://www.broadmoorlandscape.com/

Hours: Mon-Fri 7 am – 5 pm


garden snapshot, progress as of august 2010

garden progress august 2010

garden progress august 2010


garden snapshot, newly planted bamboo in the ‘back 40′!


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Originally uploaded by markevnic72

15 August 2010
evening light on the bamboo newly planted in the backyard, specifically the area I call my ‘back 40’~


garden snapshot: ‘palm grove’ finished!

putting the finishing touches on my Palm Grove

putting the finishing touches on my Palm Grove

Having dug the path and then, building up mounds of dirt to create a little height and shape, the addition of the moss and palms has brought the space to life. I’ve dubbed this corner of the garden, ‘Palm Grove’.

before and after shot of my garden design

before and after shot of my garden design


garden discovery. . .

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’ve been collecting wine bottles for the last several months and I’ve been using them to create a border for my planting beds. Plunging the bottles into the ground neck-down, I have created a lovely organic pattern of variegated greens and browns, translucent and shimmering when they catch the rays of the sun. However,what I didn’t expect was that they could support life. Much to my surprise I’ve found plants growing inside the bottles! I have over a hundred little terrariums now. . .

little green shoot in wine bottle terrarium

little green shoot in wine bottle terrarium

wine bottle terrarium

wine bottle terrarium


garden snapshots, before and after slideshow

I recently found some ‘before’ pictures of the backyard, taken before I started my garden project. I had no idea what I was doing when I started gardening. But, I looked at the space and saw what it could be, and started digging.  Here’s a slideshow that shows the development of my first-ever flowerbed.

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>> UPDATE, here’s a pic of the latest progress in my garden, as of June 2010

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my garden, May 2010

>> UPDATE, here’s a pic of the latest progress in my garden, as of 10 July 2010…brick hardscape installed

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